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Nigeria: power generation distress continues

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Electricity generation has dropped at Egbin power plant due to ongoing repairs on the NGC lines

In Nigeria, the country’s biggest power generation facility, the Egbin power plant, has seen a drop in generation output from 813MW to 660MW.

On Tuesday a source at the power plant confirmed to local media News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the drop is mainly caused by on-going maintenance by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) to the lines which feed the gas powered Egbin plant.

The source continued that they had been advised to step down generation due to ongoing repairs on the NGC lines.

Power generation

The unnamed source went on to say that the maintenance may also affect the general power generation output of the stations which receive gas from NGC.

The Public Affairs director at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Seun Olagunju, commenting on the country’s power generation state said “As at this morning, the national power generation output now stands at 4, 274MW.”

Power distribution

In distribution news, Senator Shehu Sani, while donating a 300KV transformer to the Haying Dan Mani community in Kaduna metropolis, noted that Nigerians will reject the proposed increase of tariffs by the electricity distribution companies.

“The companies need to consolidate on improved power supply, strengthen existing structures before thinking of increasing the tariff.

“We must have enough transformers, cables and meters, and enough supply of electricity before we could welcome any increment.”

The Senator additionally stated that it would be irratiional if the proposed system would expect to charge a fixed rate to domestic homes, when they have not had access to power for a period of two months.

He said the National Assembly will look at the issue of electricity distribution and propose a bill to that effect.

The District Head of Hayin Dan Mani, Abba Abdullahi, highlighted that Kaduna had no power for four months because of a faulty transformer.

Babalwa Bungane
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